The rooms used by the learning support staff are known as the Learning Enhancement Centre. All students are welcomed and encouraged to visit the Learning Enhancement Centre.
Marymount has an inclusive education policy for students with disabilities in the regular classroom settings. Within the Catholic Education System, the Learning Support Teacher, Inclusive Education, works in collaborative partnership to support a whole school commitment to the effective learning and teaching of students with individual needs.
The fundamental principle of an inclusive school is that all children should learn together wherever possible, regardless of any difficulties or differences that they may have. Inclusive schools must recognise and respond to the diverse learning needs of their students accommodating, where possible, for different styles and rates of learning. This may occur through:
Students with special needs, who may be experiencing some difficulty with various aspects of the curriculum, are integrated in regular classrooms where they develop a sense of belonging. Withdrawal of students for work on an individual or small group program may occur but the preferred method of providing support is in-class, alongside peers.
Support can be provided through the partnership between the school and home which is extremely important. Learning Support Programs, backed up by home support are more likely to provide desired outcomes.
Students with Learning Difficulties are those who experience either short term or persistent long term problems in one or more areas of literacy, numeracy and metacognition (learning how to learn). This may occur because of a variety of reasons.
Some of these students, who because of the neurological basis of their difficulties, have persistent high support needs and are considered to have a learning disability or impairment.
Students with low incidence disabilities are those students who have been identified with a specific disability or impairment and as a result are verified. These include children with:
Verification is a process that is used when a student is believed to have educational needs arising from a disability and requires special education support. The primary purpose of verification is to determine the level of specialist support required by the student who has been identified as having a disability.
The verfication process assists in exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the student. Students are funded by the Commonwealth Government and require an Educational Adjustment Profile.
Some students require modifications to the curriculum to enable them to access the curriculum at a certain level.
The classroom teacher prepares the Student Support Profile in conjunction with the Learning Support Teacher, the Parents and the Consultant, the Guidance Counsellor as well as various other Brisbane Catholic Education or Education Queensland consultants, depending on the impairment.
There are some general classroom principles that support students with learning difficulties. These include:
Parents can arrange a meeting with the Support Teacher, Inclusive Education on request.
Where appropriate, a referral to the Student Support Team may be recommended. Parents and carers of students who are verified are invited to attend regular, informal gatherings where support and information are provided
Support for students with special needs is provided by the Learning Enhancement Centre in two ways:
Support, for students with special needs, is provided by the Learning Enhancement Centre in two ways:
Specific services include: